02 Nov

Anatomy of a Roof System: Overview

Understanding every inch of your roof might seem a bit daunting. However, it makes sense to at least have a high-level handle on the major moving parts if something goes wrong and you have to call in the pros. With this guide, you won’t be confused or have that glazed-over look when the repair folks launch into an explanation of something like a drip edge or a pipe boot. You’ll be all set.

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The Bones

Here’s a high-level explanation of the basic parts—the bones—of your roof:

Roof decking/sheathing. The wooden boards that make up the framing of your roof and upon which shingles are installed.

Underlayment. The synthetic felt that’s laid on top of the roof decking that adds extra protection.

Drip edge. The metal flashing that’s installed at the edge of roofs to protect the fascia and other components.

Starter shingles. The pre-cut roll of adhesive roofing that goes under shingles. This material shores up the edges, eaves, and the rakes.

Roof flashing. The metal that’s placed anywhere shingles butt up against something like a wall, chimney, or open valley.

Ice and water shields. The waterproof sheets used to protect roofs from ice and water damage in valleys and other problem areas.

Ridge capping. The thick, pre-bent trim that’s placed where the two slopes of the roof come together.

Roof vents. These allow attics and homes to breathe properly.

Pipe boot.  A synthetic rubber boot that fits over anything that penetrates the roof and prevents water from getting in the pipes and into homes.

The Muscle

It’s one thing to understand all the technical aspects, the nuts and bolts, of your roof. It’s another to have the right people—those you can depend on—to do the job. And to do it right. That’s where Peak comes in: with the muscle.

Peak only hires reliable, honest, and professional contractors who understand what it takes to deliver high-quality roofing and construction projects consistently. On top of that, it’s a family-owned business and 75% of their jobs come from repeat customers and referral. That says a lot.

Keeping your roof intact for the long haul is what you want to aim for. If you have anything come up like a minor repair, or think you need a whole new roof, we’re just a phone call away. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us. After all, when it comes to your roof, we’re ready and waiting to help you flesh things out.


Be sure to read the next article in our series: Anatomy of a Roof System: Roof Underlayment

Jeff Riss

Jeff has 20 years of sales experience, a love of roofing, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. He leads Peak Roofing & Construction’s team but also is known for getting his hands (and knees) dirty on a job site. His passion for customer service, integrity, and quality craftsmanship drives his success. Peak Roofing & Construction is a family-owned, locally-operated business focused on doing things the right way. His deep understanding of roofing, gutters, windows, fences and exterior painting provide a strong foundation for running the business and serving his customers.

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